Flashlight Mars Desert Research Station (FMARS) Mars Arctic 365
Mars Arctic 365 Mission Finalists to Test at MDRS. Twenty one finalists have been selected for possible participation in the Mars Society’s Mars Arctic 365 (MA365) mission. These finalists have been divided into three crews of seven persons each and will be sent to the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah for further training and to gain data for the remaining selection process that will lead to the choice of the final six-person crew to perform the MA365 mission.
MA365 is a plan to simulate a one-year Mars human surface exploration mission in the Canadian high Arctic. The mission will take place at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS), a simulated landed spacecraft and research station built and operated by the Mars Society on Canada’s Devon Island. Situated at 75 degrees north, less than 1,000 miles from the North Pole, the FMARS facility is perched on the rim of a 14 mile diameter meteor impact crater in the midst of a polar desert known as one of the most Mars-like environments on Earth.
CREW 144 TEAM:
Crew Commander: Dr Gregory Leonard PhD Crew Medical Officer /Journalist: Susan Ip Jewell MD Crew Executive & Greenhab Officer: Heidi Beemer, USAF Crew Computer Scientist: Victor Luo PhD Crew Biologist/ Geologist: Dr Antonio Teles PhD Crew Outreach/STEAM: Yusuke Murakami Crew Scientist: Juho Vehvilainen MD PhD (c)
The MA365 mission crew will conduct a program of field exploration, while operating under many of the same operational constraints as an actual Mars mission. In the course of doing this, crew members will learn a great deal about which methods, technologies and tactics will work best on the Red Planet. Furthermore, they will do this while dealing with the stresses that come not only from isolation, as the Mars500 crew experienced, but also cold, danger, hard work and the need to achieve real scientific results, and thus truly begin to explore the critical human factor issues facing Mars exploration. By conducting this full-dress rehearsal of a human Mars exploration expedition in a realistic habitat and environment for the same duration as an actual mission to the Red Planet, we will take a great step forward in learning how humans can work together to effectively explore the new frontier of Mars. Nothing like it has ever been done before.